Lindsay once told me that if she were stranded on an icy mountain and her options were to cuddle with Claude Giroux or die, she would cuddle. But only after searching the wreckage for a paper bag to put over his head. In her defense, I never thought I would disagree.
Chuck must secretly wonder why Giroux hasn’t been a Foxy Friday, because she knows I love gingers. I even thought a red-headed guy in college was cute, though he wore his high school marching band jacket. You can’t even say ‘Ron Weasley’ to me. But a Flyer? Really? Surely one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is actually riding a zamboni and wearing an orange sweater.
As if he knew I was thinking about it, Claude had a fight last night against Dylan Reese from the NYI. It’s not that impressive, but at least they’re not slapping each other.
People seem really divided on Gingeroux, probably because of the Flyers. Or maybe because he doesn’t seem to care that he’s missing a tooth. But be honest, he does some things very right:
1) Don’t grow your hair too long. You’re not the Little Red Haired Girl from Charlie Brown. Or Scott Hartnell.
2) Stand next to Danny Briere. Or really any Flyer but Talbot. (Sorry I’m not sorry.) Mention that you’re single.
3) Clean up nicely, a la this month’s The Fourth Period magazine.
Claude is on Twitter (@28CGiroux) and has a website. He turned 24 on January 12. I didn’t realize he was so young or so small, at 5′ 11″, 174 pounds. That’s Crosby minus 25 pounds (of ass). But Giroux is strong and really fast. Have I mentioned he’s pretty good on the ice?
With 50 points, Claude is among the NHL points leaders. He missed a few games this season with a mild concussion but shows no signs of slowing down. His 18 G / 32 A lead the Flyers, who are second in the Atlantic division behind the Rangers. He likes chocolate ice cream (yay!) and basketball (nope). Before every game, Gingeroux eats a grilled cheese sandwich. We can definitely get behind that. In fact, the sandwich has a Facebook Fan Page.
Claude will take part in next weekend’s All-Star Game festivities in Ottawa. He lives there in the off-season, along with his family, so we imagine he’ll have a big fan section. Go ahead and cheer (Lindsay!), no one will know.
Update: Because it took less than 10 seconds for Chuck to get on my case!